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Sonora state does not have enough classroom space for those who want to go to high school, El Mexicano reported. It said 1,800 who want to go to high school in Hermosillo, the capital, have been left out. The paper said other Sonora cities lack sufficient classroom space. The paper said every year around 500 or more students who want to go to high school in San Luis Río Colorado on the border with Arizona are turned away.
All this theoretically will change in the coming years as Mexico's Congress has decreed that high school education should become compulsory and free. The decision is being phased in, with it completely taking effect in the 2021-2022 school year.
Story on lack of space in Sonora schools, El Mexicano (PDF).
Ensenada will have 84 all-day basic education schools in the coming school year, officials said. There is a move afoot in all of Mexico to have all-day schools instead of schools with morning and afternoon split sessions. Officials said 22 schools will be for the education of indigenous Mexicans, four for migrant children and 28 new elementary schools, in addition to the 30 schools that already were on all-day session. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Of 140,193 seeking teaching positions in Mexico, 136,108, or 97%, passed the exam, officials said. There are 12,933 spots available. Test-takers only had to get 35 out of 120 questions right to pass; this year, authorities did not reveal how many got more than 72 answers right, which would be 60% on a test. In previous years, the number was frighteningly low.
Update, July 24: 96.4% of 5,161 Baja California test-takers passed. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
The state has begun construction on a new middle school in Tijuana's Planicie neighborhood. General Middle School #214 (Escuela
Secundaria General #214) is being built at a cost of 4,383,720 pesos, or $350,000. The first four classrooms and a stairway are to be completed in September. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Update, July 24: Many students have not been able to get into a middle school for the upcoming school year for lack of classroom space. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Tijuana will open a new high school Feb. 5 in the Mariano Matamoros area of eastern Tijuana, El Mexicano reported (PDF).
Its opening will fulfill a 2010 campaign promise by Mayor Carlos Bustamante to open two high schools in the city if elected. It is located in the Hacienda Santa María neighborhood in Tijuana's La Presa district.
Story on first high-school opening.
Sept. 29, 2012: Tijuana city school system observes its 55th anniversary. In 1957, Manuel Quirós Labastida founded the system because state and federal schools at the time were not meeting demand, Frontera reported. The first school created with the Carlos
Villalvazo primary school on Nov. 29, 1957.
It is out of the ordinary for there to be a municipal school system in Mexico.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
March 12, 2012: All Baja California public schools will have Internet access by the end of Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán's term, Education Minister Javier Santillán said. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
March 10, 2012: Tijuana Enlace test scores are relatively good for elementary and high school students, but not so good for middle school students. Officials are going to try to figure out why. Story, Frontera (PDF).
March 6, 2012: Park to be sacrificed for new high school in Tijuana; CETYS gets international accreditation; Universidad Xochicalco gets state scholarships; UABC celebrates 55th anniversary; Cecyte La Presa high school expands, but Zeta reports that Cecyte teachers are not receiving the health care they were promised. The Week in Mexico story.
Feb. 8, 2012: Tijuana hopes to provide 3,300 scholarships to low-income students. Story, Frontera (PDF).
1.8 million Mexicans between ages of 15 and 18 are not in high school. An Open On-Line High School is being established to try to get more Mexicans through high school. Story in Frontera (PDF).
El Mexicano reported that 161 schools in Tijuana teach English. The top state education system official in Tijuana, César Sánchez Frehem, said the state would like to see all schools in the city offering English classes.
Frontera reported on Tuesday that an Ensenada school, Maestro Matías Gómez, would not give some parents their children's report cards because the parents did not pay a voluntary 250 peso fee ($21.50) for cleaning the school. Story, Frontera.
By David Gaddis Smith
In a speech last week at a ceremony inaugurating the new emergency room at the Hospital General de Tijuana, Baja California Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán listed his top priorities for the state. They were:
1. Improving the security situation
2. Improving the state's economy
3. Improving education
4. Improving health care
The National Action Party politician repeated that the federal government and the state would help consruct two new high schools that Institutional Revolutionary Party politician Carlos Bustamante promised to build during his successful campaign for mayor of Tijuana last year.
He indicated that the state would provide the land, and that one school might become a satellite campus of the federal Lázaro Cárdenas high school.
Osuna Millán suggested that one school might go in the Mariano Matamoros area, "where more and more high schools are needed." He said the other school might go in the "very populous Sánchez Taboada area."
"I have always said that the best inheritance we can give our children is not material things but a good education," Osuna Millán said. "Societies that bet on education are societies that progress."
He said Baja California was betting on education by building 450 new classrooms and school labs a year, in part to provide schooling to the children of "the thousands of Mexicans who arrive here from other parts of the country."
He also repeated what he has said in other speeches, that no child in primary school pays an enrollment fee and that the state has built 13 new high schools in recent years.
He also spoke about higher education. "I remember in the 1970s when a student movement took over the country club demanding adequate classroom space for the university," Osuna Millán said. "Then the Autonomous University of Baja California moved to its campus in Otay."
He said there is no such need for a student movement today, as a new university has been built in Valle de las Palmas.
Mexican Education Minister Alonso Lujambio (left) made a whirlwind tour of Tijuana, announcing support for Tijuana's public schools, including for the building of two badly needed high schools, kicking off a new reading program and meeting with National Action Party members who might support his posible bid for the presidency next year. ...more...
— Deborah Riner, chief economist for the
American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico
Institute of the Americas talk in San Diego
Mexican culture expert Rafael Tovar y de Teresa said the nation's major problem in trying to create the conditions to rebuild itself is education.
"The problem of education is No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.... All the other problems come from there," Tovar y de Teresa said.
Felipe Cuamea Velásquez has been voted in as rector of the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) after a long, dragged-out process that began in September. Story, Frontera.
Oct. 13, 2010: Students leaving junior high: Tijuana's El Mexicano newspaper reported that one in 10 junior high students are leaving school, many of them to work.